December 08, 2008

Q and A 2.0 Revisited: #18--What will we do in Heaven?

What are we going to do in heaven?

This is my last post on questions about heaven and the end times, and it's a good one.

Heaven is going to be one never ending church service, with all of us sitting on a cloud playing a harp. Isn’t that what you’re afraid of?

Aren’t you afraid you’ll get bored?

Luke 23:43—Jesus says to the theif on the cross, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The word “paradise” in the Greek refers to a park, like the Garden of Eden. When you think of a gorgeous park, do you think of boredom?

So what will we do to not get bored?

Revelation 22:3 “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.” For one we will serve God. We will have work to do for Him. We think of work as being a curse; but, don’t you have some things in your life that you enjoy working at? Some things you enjoy doing? It’ll have to be that kind of work.

2 Timothy 2:11-12 “If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.” Apparently we will also reign with Christ in the sense of being caretakers of the new heaven and new earth.

Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Jesus said that in this life, those who are first will be last, and those who are last will be first. Those who are faithful in this lifetime will seeming have higher levels of responsibilities in heaven.

Luke 19 contains the parable of the faithful servants. When the master returns they are rewarded for their faithfulness with greater responsibilities. But, if that’s the case it seems impossible that differing levels of responsibilities would lead to any resentment among each other.

Whatever we are doing, you can be assured that it will be incredible, you will be fully satisfied and there will be no thought in you of “I am not enjoying this”. I’m planning on being there. I hope you will too.

Heaven is a celebration. It’s not something to be down about. People get too down about the end times and heaven, but it’s going to be amazing.

Revelation 19:11-16 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and Ture. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blod, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were followinig him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

So, why do people freak out about the end times?

First of all, they're afraid they’re going to be "left behind". Secondly, they begin doubting their salvation, because sin builds up in their lives and it goes unconfessed and without repentance.

John 10:27-29 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

We don’t live a fear-based faith! We don’t have to be afraid because God is greater than all, He is in control of the future, His plan can not be thwarted, and those of us who are saved through faith in Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross need not worry.

But, some people ultimately default to a works based theology. They think Jesus is going to come back while they have sin in their lives and that he won’t take them with him. And if you believe that, then what you are saying is that you can lose your salvation. You think that it depends on you, and that is in conflict with God’s Word and His sovereignty.

I’ll leave you with these verses…

2 Peter 3:10-15, 17-18 “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed this way, what kind of people ought you be? You ought to live godly and holy lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness…Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position (referring to truth, not salvation). But, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

This is a reason to celebrate.

Next, we’ll take a look at what the Bible says about alchohol.  Check out all of the Q and A series here.

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